Robot Intelligence: Planning 2011

Basic Info

This is a wiki for the 2011 RIP Course:

  • RIP 2011 WebPage - The course webpage contains information about the class, PDFs of slides from lectures and reading material.

Contacts & Groups

  • Student Contact - This is the contact info for students in the class. If your info is not listed, please add it.
  • Group Matching - This page is for gathering groups. Please fill out your name, major and interests so we can get some good groups.

Final Project Info

Final Project Pages


Location to put random interesting and useful links to share with fellow students.


  • A* Heuristics introduction with visualizations and optimality comparisons. — Patrick Dillon
  • A consistent heuristic (or monotone) is admissible and always incrementally approaches the goal. "It's necessary and sufficient for a heuristic to obey the triangle inequality in order to be consistent." — Patrick Dillon

PDDL Planning tips

All planners were not created equal. FF handles most PDDL files. Parse errors in the others can be fixed by rewriting your grammar to remove:

  • Constants
  • Axioms
  • Complex (non-atomic) types
  • The 'or' conjunction

In general, a grammar with many actions with few arguments will work 'better' than a grammar with few actions with many arguments. If you get stuck, just make the actions as simple as possible and use lots of them.

Interesting Links:

I'm not sure which is worse, that there's a facebook page for Satplan or that I'm the only one who currently likes it.
-Joseph (Casey) Rogers

GT Web Localizer:

For more information on how to get access to papers with your GT Account, check out my lab's wiki page here:
- Mike

Free Source Code Management:

Khatib Papers:

GT has a hard time accessing IJRR, so here is a direct link to all of Oussama Khatib's papers. We just looked at his first journal publication on Potential Fields from 1986:
- Mike

Turn collections of Pictures into video easy and free

Simple tutorial and link to the software both on this site:
- Joseph (Casey) Rogers

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